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Womens College, Agartala, Tripura
Agartala (District Agartala)
Tripura, India
Pin Code : 799001


Womens College, Agartala Tripura is a recognised institute / college. Womens College, Agartala Tripura was established on / in 1967.


Womens College is situated in Agartala of Tripura state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Website of Womens College, Agartala Tripura is http://womenscollege.nic.in/.


Contact Details of Womens College, Agartala Tripura are : Telephone: +91-381-2226020, 2226023



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Womens College, Agartala Tripura runs course(s) in Arts, Science, Teacher Training and Education, Training stream(s).
B.A, B.Sc, B.Ed

Approval details: Womens College is affiliated with Tripura University, Tripura

Profile of Womens College

Womens College was established in 1965 in Agartala, Tripura with a view to render services to the cause of Higher Education among women of Tripura, particularly those belonging to the tribal and backward communities of the State. The students generally hail from diverse economic social and cultural background making this institution an ideal place for the fulfilment of aspirations and expectations of the womenfolk of the State Womens College has been accredidated by NAAC considering academic and other extra curricular activities

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NAAC report of Womens College

Section 1: Preface
The Women s college, Agartala, Tripura, covering a total area of 09(nine) acres was established in 1965. It is a government college and is now affiliated to Tripura University since 1987. Prior to the establishment of Tripura University the college was under the University of Calcutta. The college received UGC s recognition as has been evidenced from the record of grants received from UGC from time to time.

The goal and mission of the college is empowerment of women of Tripura through academic development. The establishment of this college has opened up equal opportunities to the girl students of the area belonging to the weaker sections of the society and backward communities. This is reflected in the composition of the faculty and students.

The college has now 10 departments of Arts faculty and 6 departments of Science faculty. The college has a well-qualified teaching faculty strength of 86 including 59 permanent teachers and 27 part time teachers. There are 63 members of non-teaching staff.

The college in its efforts for self-assessment, volunteered to be assessed by National Assessment and Accreditation Council, an autonomous body of the UGC and submitted its self-study report to NAAC. Accordingly a peer team was constituted by the council to validate the self-study report. The peer team consisting of Prof. Devdas Kakoti, Former Vice Chancellor of Dibrugarh University as Chairman, Prof. Jagadeesha, Registrar, Karnmataka State Open University, Mysore as Member Co-Ordinator, and Prof. Mrigen Das,Principal Birjhora Mahavidyalaya as Member and Dr. K.N. Madusudanan Pillai, Academic Consultant ,NAAC, Banagalore as Co-ordinator visited the institution for three days from 17th August 2004 to 19th August,2004.

The peer team carefully perused and analyzed the self-study report submitted by the institution. During institutional visits, the team went through all the relevant documents, visited teaching departments, the facilities and interacted with the various sections of the college. The peer team also interacted at length with the principal, teaching and non-teaching 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 has taken the value judgment. The assessment of the institution under various criteria, the encouraging features of the institution as well as the issues of concern, specific/ relevant recommendations are given in the following paragraphs.

Section - 2 : Criterion-wise Analysis
Criterion 1: Curricular Aspects
Women s College, Agartala, was established in 1965 in order to impart quality education to women, so as to further the prospect of women s empowerment in Tripura. As an affiliated college under Tripura University, the college follows the syllabi prescribed for humanities and science for the undergraduate courses.

In humanities there are 10 departments namely English, Bengali, Sanskrit , Political Science, Education, History, Philosophy, Economics & Geography with pass as well as honours courses except Hindi in which honors course has not been started.

In Science faculty the subjects like Zoology, Botany, Physiology are taught both in pass as well as in honours course. Honours course has not been introduced in the subjects Mathematics. The Subjects Physics and Chemistry have been introduced from 2004-05

In addition to the above, department of English is offering UGC sponsored vocational course in communicative English since 1996.

From last year the course on music has been introduced in collaboration with Govt. Music College, Agartala. For introducing a new programme of study, it require at least one year after it has been conceptualized. Existing curricula for a subjects are reviewed and updated periodically by the university. Introduction of the subject physics & Chemistry will cater the needs of the students community in a big way.

Empowerment of women has been the main goals of the institution from its inception. The programmes are generally in conformity with the mission, goals and objects of the institution.

Criterion- II: Teaching - Learning and Evaluation:
Admission to the courses of study in the college is in accordance with the policies of reservation of Govt. of Tripura. The students are selected based on their academic records. In order to make teaching and learning more effective academic calendar is published at the beginning of the session.

As an affiliated college it has no opportunity for preparing its own syllabi, but the syllabi are unitized to a teaching schedule through out the year. To improve the academic performance periodical test and Annual examination are conducted in the 1st year.

The college has one OHP which is occasionally used by the teachers to make teaching learning effective.

The number of teaching days is moderate. The teacher-student ratio is good in all departments except in the subjects of philosophy, Political science, History, and Education.

Apart from the regular class room teaching, most of the departments are keen to develop their students through various means such as organizing seminars symposia, interactions etc.

Students are also encouraged to participate in seminar, quiz and symposia. Character and personality development is emphasized in all activities.

Overall performances of students are monitored within the framework of class routine. The college conducts the term end i.e. Annual examination at the end of first year. The part - I and Part - II examination are designed and conducted by the university at the end of 2nd year and 3rd year respectively. Success rate of students in the final examination varies from 55% to 100% in different departments.
Teachers are recruited through Tripura Public Service Commission as per Government policies. At present 86 number of teaching staff of whom 59 numbers are working against permanents post and 27 are working as part time teachers. 20 and 3 faculty members have obtained Ph.D. and M. Phil degree respectively. Faculty members are interested to participate in refresher course, orientation course to update themselves. Some of the faculty members also participates as resource persons in the orientation course of teachers. Few faculty members also participate as guest lecturer in the University .

Self appraisal reports are collected from faculty members and are sent to the Director of Higher Education for information and guidance . Students feedback on campus experience have not been introduced for which college may consider. The college authority supervise & monitor day to day functioning & performance of teachers.

Criterion- III: Research, Consultancy and Extension
Being an undergraduate college, the Institution is giving much importance to the teaching learning process. Research activity is gaining importance during these years. 18 teachers have obtained Ph. D. degree, of which 4 have obtained research degree in the last five years. A few teachers are doing research. Faculty members of the department of Bengali, Political Science, Geography, Zoology and Botany have their own publications in the referral journal.

At present there is no ongoing research project and consultancy service in the college.

The college facilitates extension activities through its NSS programmes and NCC activities. Faculty members are given additional charges of NSS as well as NCC wing of the college. Extension activities are mainly in the area of community Dev. Social Work., Medical Camp, Adult education and literacy, Blood donation camp, Aids awareness programme and environment awareness programme. Students are motivated during admission process to join either NSS or NCC. College carries out the extension activities along with NGO & GO s. A seminar on improvement of the status of Women was organized recently by the NCC Unit of the College. The college beautification programmes are conducted by NSS/NCC wing of the college.

It is inspiring to note that three students of this college have so far been conferred the Indira Gandhi Youth award and an outstanding NCC cadet of this college has scaled the Gangotri - II peak in Himalayan Mountaineering expedition and has been selected to figure on a team of Mount Everest expedition .

Criterion- IV: Infrastructure and Learning Resources
The Women s College situated at urban location of Agartala, Tripura with a total campus area of 09(nine ) acres. During the past 39 years the college has expanded its infrastructural facilities in the form of RCC building , C1 sheet roof building, laboratories, library, hostel block, Science Block Canteen etc. The construction of library building is in progress and received Rs.10 lacs from M.P. Fund. Project proposal for the development of playground, administrative block, common room, staff quarter have been submitted to UGC.

The college has prepared a master plan of its campus in consultation with the PWD Department of Tripura Government.

The college library possesses 41606 books ( Title- 6570 )in its racks and it subscribes 09 journal/periodicals. Book bank facilities exist in the central library. Library is kept open from 10.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. Central library is yet to be computerized. Provision of reprographic facilities, Computer, Audio video cassettes in the library will be helpful for the student community. Effort should be made to increase the number of books and journals in the library. There is also need for sufficient space in student s reading room. The working hours of the library may be suitably altered for the benefit of the users. Efforts should also be made for establishment of central computer centre with Internet facilities in the college. College may provide at least one computer in each Science Department having practical including in the subject mathematics. At present college is having 6 (six) Computers.

The existing hostel in the campus provides accommodation to the girl students of other institutions also. Periodical medical check up may be ensured for the benefit of hostel inmates. A telephone facilities may also be provided for the convenience of them.

College has arrangement for various indoor and outdoor games. Outstanding sports person are given incentives by admitting them against sports quota, providing dress incentives, etc. They are also encouraged by sending them to various competitions of university, state as well as national level.

Criterion- V: Students support and progression:
The college enrolled 2662 students in the session 2003-2004. Record indicates that 62% of students appearing for qualifying examination after minimum period of study. Drop out rate is 38% which needs to be reduced. Enrollment has increased to 3073 in this academic year i.e. 2004-05. Pass percentage of students are satisfactory. Honours candidates of the department of Bengali, English, Sanskrit, Hindi, Zoology, Botany & Geography have the record of securing class I in their final examination. Some students of the college secured ranks in the university examination.

College opens a grievance redressal cell which needs to be properly organized. Alumni association has also been formed recently. Some of the alumni of the college hold prominent position in the society. Alumni association has conducted seminar on communicable disease, organizes cultural programme on communal harmony, Dowry problems etc. Alumni association are also interested for opening women s studies, nursing course, few job oriented courses in the colleges of the Tripura.

Financial aid available for the students of the college are various scholarships of the state government such as merit, LIG, OBC, ST/SC etc,

College also offers the facilities of indoor and out door games, literary and cultural activities for recreation of students.

Faculty members offer academic and personal counseling to the students with regard to job opportunities. The college has created avenue for the student recreation, essay writing, quiz, drama etc. The college collect feed back from the students on teaching learning through the questioner on random basis. The college issue admissions instructions annually.

Criterion- VI: Organisation & Management:
Women s College, Agartala is a Government college and is now under the administrative control of the Department of Higher Education, Govt. of Tripura. The administration of the college is guided by the policies and practices of the State Government. For all academic and examination matters, the college follows the rules and regulations of the Tripura University. Principal of the college is the controlling officer. Of the two vice principals of the college, one functions as the head of the office as well as drawing and disbursing officer. The other vice principal takes care of the academic affairs of the college.

The college authority constituted several committees and sub-committees comprising of members of teaching, non-teaching and in some cases members of student s council. These committees as well as sub committees such as admission committee, development committee, academic committee, discipline committee, purchasing committee, planning board, library committee, hostel committee, cultural committee, magazine committee etc. of the college play significant role in the day to day functioning of the college.

The college has opened up a grievance redressal cell. Major items are purchased through a purchase committee by calling tender as per the government rules. College authority supervises and monitor the duties assigned to the non-teaching staff.

Loan facilities are available to the members of teaching and non-teaching staff from government for different purposes.

The college gets allocation of fund from the Director of Higher Education under different heads. The college draws allocated fund from treasury, maintains records of receipt and expenditure. Accounts are periodically audited by the Accountant General, Tripura.

Criterion- VII: Healthy practices
In the context of the working of this institution, the peer team observed the following healthy practice.
The college shows sensitivity to changing social demands with regard to higher education

Performance appraisal of teaching and non-teaching staff are forwarded to the
Higher Education Department by the college authority.

The college tries to fulfill its goals and objectives i.e. improvement of status of women in Tripura through academic development

College insists for discipline among students and dedication among staff.

The college inculcates civic responsibilities among students through NSS/NCC programmes and extra curricular activities.

The college imparting value based education. The college observed Human Right Day and Yuva Utsav to inspire students.

The college teach the students about punctuality, discipline and tolerance.

The students are encouraged to participate in Group discussions, quiz programmes etc.

A few departments have maintained departmental library out of their contributions.

The services of students volunteers extended on various events of the college is worth appreciated.

The college observes Teacher s Day and other National Days with cultural activities.

The college brings out annual magazine entitled PRAJNA :

Students of some department publishes wall magazines namely INDRADHANU ,
SIKHSA BICHITRA and ENDEAVOUR.

Section - III - Overall Analysis
The college is located in small land locked state in the midst of difficult hilly terrain with poor surface communication handicapped by terrain, near international boarder and has to deal with difficult socio-economic conditions and geo-political positioning.

Keeping in view the overall back ground, the Peer Team makes the following recommendations/suggestions:

The college may write its mission statement and draw up a strategic plan that can be implemented during next five years. The college may send its annual progress reports of its achievement in this context to NAAC.

(a) It is inspiring to note that the faculty members of the Geography, Zoology, Botany as well as of Physiology Department are keen in their research as evidenced by their occasional publications. Few faculty members have also attended national seminar as resource persons. For further improvement Zoology Department may establish a museum exclusively on the fauna of the state. Likewise Botany Department may maintain a herbarium on the flora of the state. Establishment of a Botanical garden as well as putting name plates on all the trees within the campus are some of the urgent requirements. Three Departments i.e. Zoology, Botany and Physiology may think of some certificate courses relevant to their disciplines such as medical laboratory techniques, cultivation and propagation of medicinal plants, mushroom cultivation, fruit processing, sericulture, vermiculture, aquaculture etc.
Geography Department may conduct extensive survey work in this area relevant to their discipline.

(b) Faculty members of Mathematics Department may take initiative for popularization of mathematics by organizing lectures, seminars, workshop etc. The Department may also start short term course on computer literacy.

(c) Department of Education may conduct result oriented seminar/ workshop innovation in teaching methodology in the context of increasing number of students in the class. A short term certificate course on guidance and child care may be opened up.

(d) History Department may think of starting some career oriented on tourism management, museology.

The new departments Physics and Chemistry be developed rapidly.

The library should be expanded to have more space with better facilities, and separate reading room, reference room and more new acquisitions.

The existing science laboratories should be strengthened with more computers and other equipment & accessories, with provisions for faculty research.

Separate rooms may be provided to each academic department with departmental library. This will facilitate the staff and students for pursuing academic activities.

Students career guidance and counseling cell may be set up.

Student amenities like a students common room with adequate facilities should be provided.

The following new subjects may be introduced.

Home Science with appropriate syllabus for the stae including such topics as home appliances and home economics amongst others.

Computer science & Information Technology

Commerce.

Rural/Women Entrepreneurship.

Rural Development and Management

New women oriented programmes specific to the needs of the region.

In addition to IT applications, other job oriented/ vocational courses specifically suitable for girls in Tripura like Sericulture, handicrafts, folk arts, social work,
Interior Decoration, Fashion Design, Beautification and Secretarial Practices may be considered at certificate/ diploma/ degree level as may be appropriate.

A pro-active approach of the authorities towards research and teacher participation in academic events outside the state will be beneficial for creating an academically more conducive environment.

The College may organise seminars on Women s Empowerment, Women s Legal Rights and spread the message and spirit appropriately.

Steps be taken to reduce drop out to ensure empowerment of women educationally.

The University may be persuaded to conceive new types of Science Courses for typical Arts students.

Unit Tests and semester system be introduced.

Remedial courses should be introduced. Similarly, special coaching for advanced learners be introduced to perform better in life.

Lecture methods may be supplemented by student s seminars, excursions, debates and use of teaching aids like OHV and Multimedia etc. More interactive teaching is recommended.

The College should conduct faculty development programmes like refresher courses,
seminars, conferences and Workshops.

Teachers and authorities should make continuous efforts to bring innovations into the teaching-learning process, to make the process more interesting by continuous improvement. Annual seminars, workshops on innovations in teaching and awards for innovation are some of the steps that may be taken.

Computerization of library and administration be taken up urgently.

It is important that girls be exposed to modern applications of science & technology like IT and use of electrical & electronic home appliances through suitable certificate/ diploma/ degree courses in a Center or Department. Such subjects will increase the employment prospects of some girls.

Authority may take steps to reduce drop-out rates.

The college should bring out an annual prospectus regularly, giving all relevant information for students.

A parent teacher association may be formed. The PTA can play an active and important role in further development of the college.

The mission of the college being women empowerment in Tripura , establishment of a Women Studies Center and a Counseling Center should be taken up. Alumni

Association as well as the Parents and Guardians also expressed interest in this requirement.

To fulfill the mission of the college, in addition to government funds, the college may explore the possibilities of garnering some financial contributions e.g. through the efforts of alumni and parent associations, and other well wishers.

Faculty participation in Refresher courses may be made compulsory.

The faculty should develop linkages with the outside world in various ways, like research collaborations, participation in academic events like seminars, conferences and workshops. Such events may be organized in the college also. Concerned authorities may strongly support such programmes.

The goals of the college being as stated in the introduction, there is need for sensitization of the college on all fronts. The college will benefit by more initiative and dynamism.

The Peer Team observes that the college has a very important role to play. It is desirable that all stake holders of the college pull together the necessary resources, motivation and generate a sense of commitment to sensitize the college on all fronts and build it up. Since education plays a fundamental and vital role in bringing social change and development in a society, authorities may take up an appraisal of the education system of the state to make it contextually relevant and a powerful instrument for desired social change.

The Peer Team sincerely acknowledges the co-operation received from the Principal, the Co-ordinator and the member of the steering committee, the staff and the students during its visit.

Prof. Devdas Kakoti Chairman.

Prof. Jagadeesha Member-Coordinator

Prof. Mrigen Das Member

(Manidipa Deb Barma)
Principal
Women s College, Agartala.

Date 19th August, 2004.

Tripura woman plays Rs.2.5 crore fraud on Mumbaikar

Agartala, July 25 : The parents of a Tripura woman want her punished after she was jailed for allegedly cheating a senior citizen in Mumbai of over Rs.2.5 crore by posing as former West Bengal chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjees daughter.

A four-member Mumbai police team led by Inspector Benzamin Fernandez, now in Tripura to probe the case, spoke to the relatives and parents of the woman, Paramita Chakraborty.

Paramitas father, who is a school teacher, mother and other close relatives want apt punishment for her, a Tripura Police official quoting a Mumbai police team told reporters here Monday.

The official said: Paramitas parents told the Mumbai police team that they have no relation with their daughter after she left the state in 2001.

Smart and fluent in English, 28-year-old Paramita, impersonating as the daughter of Bhattacharjee, allegedly cheated a senior citizen of Mumbai to the tune of over Rs 2.5 crore over three years.

Paramita originally hails from northern Tripuras Kamalpur, 140 km north of capital city Agartala. Introducing herself as the daughter of the former West Bengal chief minister, Paramita borrowed cash on different occasions from Usha Mishra, a 62-year-old citizen of Mumbais Amboli area, the Tripura policeofficial said.

She did not return the money. Mishra then lodged a police complaint in February this year. Paramitas friend Aryan was also arrested and Mumbai police suspect several more people might be involved in the crime.

Mumbai Police sent a detailed letter to Tripura police about the incident and sought their help in probing the case.

According to Mumbai police, before her arrest Paramita was staying in a house owned by Mishra.

Paramita claimed her father, Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, had no money left after an income tax raid at their residence in West Bengal. Since she spoke fluent English and claimed to own a shop in an Andheri mall, Mishra and her family never suspected anything, Mumbai police told the Tripura police.

Paramita borrowed lakhs of rupees several times from the victim on one pretext or another, the Mumbai police officer said, adding that the total amount stood at Rs 2.5 crore.

According to Tripura Police, the woman while studying in the Womens College in Agartala several years ago was implicated in cheating cases and left for Kolkata before completing her graduation. In Kolkata too, she was involved in some cheating cases, they said.

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